Happy Chinese New Year! (or actually, Happy Spring Festival, which is the more precise English translation of 春节快乐！)
This is more so a Flashback post, as we didn’t do much authentic Chinese celebration here in the U.S. other than making dumplings and giving the red envelopes (or hongbao) with money to my nephews and niece. Hopefully next year JiaYou can comment on what CNY is like in NYC’s Chinatown! Continue reading “Chinese National Holidays: Embracing Ambivalence?”
One often talked about cultural difference between American and Chinese cultures is being proactive. As an American, it’s easy to place a high value on being proactive and to denigrate those are not as being timid or weak of heart.
Just consider old adages such as “The early bird gets the worm,” and “Nothing ventured, nothing gained,” and the classic Latin “Fortune favors the bold”. They attest to this value American and Western societies in general hold that it is better to take action and bear the risk of failure in order to gain the greater prize.
This is JiaYou’s first Black Friday shopping experience, and it wasn’t the enjoyable, fun-filled day that we were planning. But she had her first encounter with STORE CREDIT CARDS!
Admittedly, we have never been eager or die hard shoppers, but in this case we were looking forward to taking advantage of 50% off sales for my wife as we shopped for clothes at a name brand clothing chain.
I’m the Asian American husband AddingOil and my wife is JiaYou, a recent immigrant from China to the US. We met and married in Shanghai while I was working there for 7 years, and now we reside in New York City. We run the blog TheNomadAtHeart.com to share our experiences of living and traveling in Shanghai, New York City, and around the world.
We have traveled extensively throughout China (30+ cities) and throughout Asia, from as far north as Mongolia to as far south as Malaysia. We want to help those interested in going off the beaten path or doing slow travel wherever we’ve been to and wherever our future travels take us.